From left: German Ambassador Clages, MP Robert Ghanem, Achim Vogt and French Ambassador Paoli at the panel.
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Lebanon should introduce a quota to boost women's participation in politics and enhance transparency in the electoral process, according to activists and local and European officials.Nassar also pointed to the fact that only 53 percent of Lebanese took part in the 2009 elections, meaning that almost half of the country was not voting.Former German Minister of Justice Herta Daubler-Gemlin said the female quota introduced in 1988 in Germany had greatly improved political and social life.The event also touched on ways to improve the electoral law, including adopting proportional representation, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18, broadening the rules that allow Lebanese expats to vote, involving the military in the election process, giving votes to those detained but not yet charged for crimes, and creating better, less expensive transportation to voting centers – particularly for disabled people.Parliamentary elections are set to take place this coming November.
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